Hazardous waste classification

6 November 2020

As a hazardous waste producer, I want to make sure that we are properly prepared for any enforcement visits from the Environment Agency (EA). How can I be sure that all our waste is correctly classified?

Encouraging investment in health and safety

3 November 2020

I have been asked to present to our board of directors a report recommending increased funding to make improvements in our occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. Could you outline what tactics I can use to make my case?

Work equipment inspections

29 October 2020

We have a considerable amount of work equipment on site. There is a planned maintenance programme in place but it has also been suggested that all the plant and equipment should be subject to regular inspections. Is this the case?

Lift breakdown procedures

29 October 2020

Following a recent incident, I have been asked to review our procedures for releasing persons who may become trapped in a passenger lift if it breaks down. Could you detail what procedures and processes we need to have in place?

Communicating risk assessment outcomes

20 October 2020

My organisation produces various risk assessments, and reviews our coronavirus risk assessment every week. I am aware that we must inform employees of the outcomes of these assessments but how can we do that effectively?

Healthy DSE use

14 October 2020

As part of a general health and safety training programme, our employees are told that they should sit correctly and take regular breaks when using computers, but not why. Could I double check why we give this advice?

Anchor device information

13 October 2020

We have anchorage points in the form of eyebolts that are utilised by contractors to gain access to our building façade to clean windows, etc. A new contractor has stated that the necessary labels are missing on the eyebolts and that we should also provide written instructions on their use. Is this the case?

Littering

7 October 2020

Do you have any recommendations for simple and effective ways to keep outdoor paved areas free of disposable face masks, cigarette and chewing gum litter? The existing bins are being ignored by too many of our staff.

Cranes and appointed person

30 September 2020

My organisation operates a small mobile crane and we have a competent person who plans operations with the crane. An external H&S consultant has stated that we should have a dedicated “appointed person” who is responsible for planning all operations for this crane. Is this the case?